What is Platelet Rich Plasma? Platelet rich plasma or PRP refers to the growth factors naturally found in your blood. There are many growth factors within this PRP, but the platelet derived and vascular endothelial growth factors are particularly important in the healing process.
What is platelet rich plasma used for? PRP is generally used for tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and acute injuries such as an ankle sprain and plantar fasciitis. It may also be used as adjunctive treatment in surgery of tendons and bone.
What is the process of getting a PRP injection? PRP is obtained through the patient’s blood, after the blood draw it is placed in a centrifuge to spin the dense red blood cells to the bottom of the collection tube. The growth factors are less dense and taken from the top layer in the collection tube for injection. This process may take place in an office or surgery setting.
Is platelet rich plasma covered by my insurance and how much does it cost? Currently, no insurance companies are covering the cost of PRP injections. The U.S. national average for PRP injections is between $500-$2,000 dollars per injection.
Who should consider a PRP injection? Any patient who suffers from chronic, painful tendonitis or osteoarthritis who has failed all conservative treatment considering surgical intervention.
Why would I consider an injection that has poor evidence of healing my painful condition? PRP injections offer patient’s an additional conservative option before considering surgery. Typically PRP injections are less painful and require less recovery time and potential faster healing versus surgery.
What conditions of the Foot & Ankle can platelet rich plasma treat? Chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and chronic ankle ligament instability are the most common conditions PRP may help.
Many articles have been written on this controversial topic of PRP injections but no statistically significant data has been published to date regarding its effectiveness. High profile athletes have been using this technology for years with many of those athletes crediting a PRP injection to their speedy recovery and quick return to their sport. Platelet rich plasma injections offer patients an additional option of treatment without invasive surgery without the significant risk.
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is offered at our facility. We welcome any questions regarding this treatment plan. Ask your doctor if you are a PRP injection candidate!
Dr Kevin Bryant, DPM FACFAS
Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
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